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5 Tips for Becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator

May 2022 by MARIA FORSBERG

If you love working in an Azure environment, and you’re looking to become a certified Azure Administrator, you’re making a decision that will boost your career and your salary.

 

Azure is perhaps the most popular cloud computing platform around. It’s versatile, flexible, and powerful all at the same time. More than 95% of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure to meet their cloud computing needs.

What is an Azure Administrator?

This particular certification is a role-based certification and is applicable only to Azure environments. As an Azure Administrator, you’ll be implementing, managing, and monitoring Azure environments. Within the Azure cloud environment, you’ll handle everything, including storage, identity, governance, and virtual networks.

To be a successful Azure Administrator, you’ll need to be able to set up cloud systems, deploy and balance workloads, work with UNIX, Linux, Windows, and other operating systems.

 

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Azure Administrator prerequisites

There are no set prerequisites to take this exam. However, you will need knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Understand on-premises virtualization like VMs, virtual networking, and virtual hard disks.
  • Understand network configuration, like TCP/IP, Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and encryption.
  • Understand Active Directory concepts like domains, forests, domain controllers, replication, Kerberos protocol, and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
  • Understand resilience and disaster recovery, especially backup and restore operations.

 

Are you ready to pursue this credential?

You’ll need to learn new information and pass the official exam. It’s not easy, so here are some tips for getting this valuable certification under your belt.

 

1. Fine-tune your database, server, and networking skills

Everything you do as an Azure Administrator will rely on your database, server, and networking skills. If there are any areas you feel weak about, inexperienced, or you just want to master, start fine-tuning those skills.

As a general guideline, you should be able to:

  • Implement a secure database environment
  • Monitor and optimize operational resources
  • Optimize query performance
  • Automate tasks
  • Implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) environment
  • Use T-SQL

These are just some of the skills you’ll need to know as a foundation for passing the Azure Administrator exam.

 

2. Hone your programming skills

You’ll need to know at least one programming language to work as an Azure Administrator. Whether you know PHP, Java, C++, Ruby, Python, or any other language, start honing your skills.

Close the gaps in areas where your knowledge is a bit weaker. Learn new things in your preferred language. All the problem-solving skills you learn will be applicable at some point during your career as an Azure Administrator.

 

3. Get familiar with caching services

When running applications in Azure, you aren’t in control of the servers or its resources that run the applications. For instance, when a problem with the server is detected, Azure will move your application to another server, which means you won’t really know where your applications are running.

When you don’t know where your applications are running, it’s a bad idea to use local memory, registry, and file systems for storage and caching. If your application gets moved to another server, you won’t be able to access your files. This is where external services come in handy.

To avoid this issue, you’ll want to embrace caching. Start getting familiar with Azure Storage and Azure Redis Cache to ensure your data remains available no matter what.

 

4. Start thinking lean

If you haven’t already developed a lean mindset when it comes to cloud resources, it’s time to start. In a cloud environment, you generally pay for what you use, but there are also some services that will run all day, whether you use them or not.

Start developing a lean mindset where you can distinguish what’s needed and what isn’t. Consider the cost of applications and be mindful of CPU cycles, bandwidth, and memory usage.

For example, say you’re migrating an on-premises SQL database to an Azure SQL database. You get all your connection strings set up with your new database and now it’s time to move your on-premises applications to the cloud. To your horror, you discover that one of your most important on-premises applications copies the whole database to memory in order to crunch data every single hour.

When working in Azure, you’re going to pay for egress data (outgoing data), and this will certainly use up more bandwidth than you want. If you don’t create a solution, the company you’re working for will get a huge bill at the end of the month.

 

5. Take our Azure Administrator training course

The final and most important step in attaining your Azure Administrator certification course is taking a training course. When you sign up for our training course, a trained professional will prepare you for the exam. We offer Azure Administrator training courses both online and in person at various times throughout the year so you can make it work with your schedule.

 

What you’ll learn from our Azure Administrator training course

You’ll learn everything you need to pass the exam, including:

  • Managing Azure subscriptions
  • Securing identities
  • Administering Azure infrastructure
  • Configuring virtual networking
  • Connecting Azure and on-premises sites
  • Managing network traffic
  • Implementing storage solutions
  • Creating and scaling virtual machines
  • Implementing web applications and containers
  • Backing up and sharing data
  • Monitoring your Azure solution

 

Ready to become a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer?

If this certification is on your list, don’t hesitate to pursue your dreams. Holding this certification will help you get hired with a company that needs your Azure expertise.

The certification exam isn’t easy, so make sure you prepare yourself before signing up to sit for the exam. There’s so much material to learn, and it will help to learn in a structured environment where you can ask questions and get help with anything you need.

Don’t try to wing the Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator exam. Our instructor-led training course will give you all the knowledge needed to pass so you can start a new phase in your career. Sign up for our training course today and advance your career, increase your salary, and earn more respect.

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